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Telecommunications Tax Draws Crowd to Channahon Meeting

Channahon meeting was standing room only, but only three residents addressed the board.

It was standing room only at the meeting Tuesday night as residents turned out to learn more about a proposed telecommunications tax.

No one asked about the pending litigation facing the town or Village President Joe Cook.

The committee of the whole meeting, which preceded the regular board meeting, opened with the board adjourning into closed session to address pending litigation. It was unclear whether or not board members addressed a   filed against the village or the , who is accused of not filing federal income taxes between 2006 and 2008.

Cook said after the meeting Tuesday that he was unable to comment on the federal filing. But, he said the village would fight the RTA suit.

"We are going to fight the litigation that Chicago and the RTA has imposed on this village," he said.

Residents in attendance, though, had questions about the consideration for a telecommunications tax. The board was examining a possible .

"The main reason we're looking to move forward with the telecommunications tax is because we have to give notice," Channahon Police Chief Joe Pena said, acting in his role as interim village manager.

That notice must be given to the Illinois State Department of Revenue by Oct. 1. Diane Chesson spoke during the public comment section of the meeting and was concerned about the total impact of the proposed tax.

"If the telecommunications tax were imposed, would it include cellphones?" she asked.

Pena explained that it would include cellphones and would mean a cost of an additional $30 per year. He said the tax would be per bill, not per cellphone. He also explained that the village could not legally extend the tax above 6 percent. It also could evaluate the need of it in future years and scale it back or repeal it if it were found to be unnecessary in the future.

"It's an option that, in my humble opinion, needs to be considered as an additional revenue stream," Pena said.

Cook said the village has a window of opportunity and that window is now.

Board members will meet next at 6 p.m. Sept. 19.

Bob September 07, 2011 at 07:14 PM
Can anyone look into buying our telecommunications from another village with cheaper Taxes just as Channahon allows store front businesses to pay cheaper sales tax than Chicago charges?
Rosalinda September 07, 2011 at 07:31 PM
I have a GREAT idea. Open a po box in another town with a lower telecommunications tax, then have your phone bill sent there. Isn't that how the game is played mayor cook?
Beth Montgomery September 08, 2011 at 02:50 AM
OK what I heard people in the crowd talking about was thry were thr=ere to demand a resignation of Joe Cook, no one said anything cept one lady asked about the new tax, alot of talking but no one spoke up hmmmph
SAMMY September 08, 2011 at 11:22 AM
i was at the village board meeting and there were approx. 55 people there...7 of which were there to try and get "chesson' re-elected. I happen to be sitting next to a woman who shows up to EVERY baord meeting GOD BLESS her heart..and said that it is usually only her and perhaps 1 or 2 other people there each week. The crowd that was there were supporters of Joe's, they were there to show support to their friend,neighbor, family member and mayor. the only reason the tax comment was brought up to begin with ( i believe) was because Mrs chesson had signed the book to have the floor after the meeting that night...when she 1st signed it there were maybe just at the most a dozen people there as the meeting came to start that number had grown to about 4 times as many. She signed the book and had to say something!!!!!! i know these were supporters of Joe's because i knew at least 95 % of the people there and spoke and chatted to many of them after the meeting.
SAMMY September 08, 2011 at 12:00 PM
@ bob you should have taken the time to go to the meeting to voice your opinion, instead posting it here where it REALLY DOESN'T MATTER!!!!
SAMMY September 08, 2011 at 12:01 PM
@ "Rose" ditto the comment i left for "Bob"!!!
Tim September 08, 2011 at 03:02 PM
95% of remaining Channahon residents support tax cheats? no wonder so many people have moved out, all that is left now are people who find this behavior acceptable. This mayor has done only one thing well, he elevated his little village from just a local laughing stock, to a national laughing stock. Good job Joe!
SAMMY September 08, 2011 at 06:36 PM
@ "Tim don't voice your opinion here ...go to the vilage board meeting!!!!! If you need any help packing let me know!!!!!
Tim September 08, 2011 at 07:40 PM
Ok, lets see here... You can't figure out how to use the 'reply' button in the forum You can't make a post without a string of multiple punctuation marks And to top it all off, you are telling people not to voice their opinions here? This is a perfect example of what happens when incompetent citizens vote, they elect incompetent politicians.
SAMMY September 08, 2011 at 07:46 PM
Voice your opinion anywhere you want!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just think it would be more productive for you to do so in front of the Public Official(s) that you has/have compelled you to continuosly post negative comments about!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Man up "TIM".......ps did i mention i have a pick-up truck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SAMMY September 08, 2011 at 07:47 PM
I am proud to say that i voted for all but one of citizens who are on the village board!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bob September 08, 2011 at 10:54 PM
Sorry Sammy for voicing my opinion . I thought I was entitled as an American citizen, since you seemed to be only schooled to use a reply button and massive use of punctuation marks, lets here your solution or have you and Cook not thought about it yet.
Tim September 08, 2011 at 11:07 PM
I already moved out of that place, mostly because people like you voted in people who were able to fool you into electing them. List the last 5 businesses, that employ more than 10 people, to open up in Channahon in the last 3 years. You really have no idea what is about to come your way, do you? While you are proudly stating you voted for everyone on the board, have you taken the time to look closely at your towns financial balance sheet? Specifically, the status of the reserve fund? If you haven't, let me clue you in on what the real estate industry is telling people about your nice little town; They are being warned that local taxes are about to significantly jump, to make up for the financial incompetence of your officials. Your officials have been able to keep it tucked away long enough to fool you, which doesn't seem too difficult, but the final outcome is already inevitable. Somehow, you didn't notice that when the rest of the towns around you were conducting special census's to gauge the population growth, to get more tax revenue, your nince little town ran no such census to gain more revenue. They didn't run one, because they already know that a large amount of people have left, and if they dd conduct it their tax revenue would actually go down based on population. Have fun with that.
Mike September 09, 2011 at 04:02 PM
Tim, there was a special census conducted in 2007, showing a population increase back then. The normal 2010 census showed a decrease of 123 people from 2007-2010. As seen on Patch: http://channahon-minooka.patch.com/articles/channahon-is-down-more-than-100-residents I don't think many people are moving because they simply don't like Channahon. It costs to much to sell a house simply because of a point of view. Now, maybe due to a long commute, job change or something I could see. Either way, I don't have a side in this discussion here - just pointing out some facts.
Tim September 09, 2011 at 04:49 PM
As of 2011, Channahon's population is 11,297 people. source: http://www.bestplaces.net/city/profile.aspx?ccity=&city=Channahon_IL The population was 12,560 at the 2010 census source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Channahon,_Illinois 1263 people have left in the past 12 months. That is over 10% of the population... gone.
Mike September 09, 2011 at 05:26 PM
I don't know how much you can rely on a private site like that? Without a special census - it's just a guess, right?. Those sites are all over the map for a projected 2011 population: clrsearch shows 11,549 (slightly less of a loss), zoomprospector is 11,583. Zipcodes.com shows 13,222. I'd definitely tend to believe the sites showing a loss, but by how much nobody knows. 10% seems to be a good guess though.
Tim September 09, 2011 at 07:36 PM
How about direct results of the lowering population? http://channahon-minooka.patch.com/articles/smaller-population-means-less-students The original point being, that many people are leaving the city due to the poor way it has been run in the last few years. Personally, I know more than half a dozen people who have left, with many moving to Plainfield. And before you say 'it's the whole economy, not just Channahon' Plainfield, by the way is not burning through its budget reserves like Channahon is, and also has no problem running a budget surplus for the current year without raising taxes. Unfortunately, Channahon is doing everything just about exactly opposite of what would be needed to grow both the village and its budget reserves.
Mike September 09, 2011 at 07:55 PM
I also know may that have left - and yes, some for Plainfield (it is/was one of the fastest growing cities in the country, after-all). However, I still do not know a single person that had a motivating force for moving due to the local municipal government. Sure, someone who is moving for economic reasons, jobs, shopping, commuting, etc. could also say, "oh, and also I hate the government." If anyone based their decision to move primarily on their pleasure with local government - they will probably be moving quite frequently.
Tim September 09, 2011 at 08:03 PM
Channahon could easily still be considered a small town, and in small towns word gets around very quickly of what is going on. I can not say exactly what those things are, because they have not seen the light of day yet, and I would therefore be unable to 'prove it'. But just keep in mind, that what the mayor just got busted for not paying taxes, and what the city is being sued for improperly setting up sham offices to avoid taxes, are not the first disgustingly unethical things that have gone on in that town. The most recent person moved out finally in July, after being disgusted with the way the police force was being run. They were married without kids, and felt it was worth the cost to leave. It was not this one incident that made them leave, it was all the other stuff they were able to see before this, that added together made it a place they just didn't like to call 'home' anymore.

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